Beginning in 1974, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department used pure Florida strain largemouth bass, acquired directly from Florida, as the source of broodfish for stocking Texas’ public waters. The effort is part of the popular Toyota ShareLunker Program and the goal is to grow trophy bass fishing potential in the state.
Starting from May to July this year, TPWD plans to stock 53 waterbodies with more than 6 million Lone Star Bass fingerlings. The upgraded broodfish are expected to genetically enhance largemouth bass populations in Texas and provide Bigger Better Bass in the next few years.
Craig Bonds, Director of Inland Fisheries said:
We are excited to reach the goal of converting our Florida strain largemouth bass hatchery broodfish to all be offspring of Legacy-class fish. Since the ShareLunker program’s inception, we’ve stocked offspring from successful spawns of donated fish, but fully incorporating a portion of those offspring into our hatchery broodfish lines dramatically increases the number of ShareLunker descendants being stocked throughout Texas waters. We’re also stocking plenty of Lone Star fingerlings into some of the famed big lakes like Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend, Lake Fork, and others. This is a potential game-changer in elevating largemouth bass fisheries management to the next level.
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